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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 18, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Oklahoma State loses; let the campaigning begin

Stunningly, 27-point favorite Oklahoma State has lost to Iowa State in overtime, 37-31, Friday night, which brings to a boil an almost-annual BCS debate among one-loss teams that will be jockeying for a spot in the national-title game.

Among them: Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

LSU is the only unbeaten with a real shot at the title, and is ranked No. 1 in the BCS this week. Oklahoma State was second, with Alabama third, Oregon fourth, Oklahoma fifth and Arkansas sixth.

So now the stumping begins in earnest. Alabama still has to play Auburn next week. Oregon can begin to make a case for itself by beating USC handily Saturday. Oklahoma is at No. 25 Baylor Saturday and later on, at Oklahoma State, so it has a chance to make up some serious strength-of-schedule ground. And of course, Arkansas is at LSU Thanksgiving weekend — with an opportunity not only to do itself some major favors, but turn the whole thing into a hootenanny of one-loss teams.

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